Combat engineers primarily supervise, serve or assist as a member of a team when they are tackling rough terrain in combat situations. They provide their expertise in areas such as mobility, countermobility, survivability and general engineering.

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When combat troops are tackling rough terrain, any obstacle that stands in their way can cost valuable time and lives. These obstacles must be cleared for troops to advance and successfully complete combat missions. The ability to slow down, strategically redirect, or stop the enemy in their tracks, can be invaluable. The Army depends upon the skills and expertise of the Combat Engineer to provide mobility, counter-mobility, and survivability support to combat forces.

Soldiers in this MOS construct fighting positions, fixed and floating bridges, obstacles, and defensive positions, place and detonate explosives, conduct route clearance operations of obstacles and rivers, prepare and install firing systems for demolition and explosives and detect mines, traps by visual, manual, mechanical, or electronic means, or with the help of a mine detection dog.

As this is one of the most physically demanding jobs in the Army, candidates for this MOS should be able to perform strenuous physical activities under stress and in combat conditions. They should also enjoy working outdoors, and have an interest in engineering, along with the ability to use hand and power tools.

After successfully completing Basic Combat Training, you will continue with 6 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where you will learn: Basic demolitions and explosive hazards, constructing wire obstacles, fixed bridge building, basic urban operations, and the operation of various wheeled and tracked vehicles within the Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT’s).

After successful completion of training, you will work as part of a team supporting Army operations in the field. Working in this MOS opens the door for several opportunities for career advancement through additional technical, tactical, and leadership training; such as Sapper, Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault schools. The teamwork, problem solving, and leadership skills gained by serving in this MOS can help you transition to a civilian career.

Clearing the path for successful Army combat missions is a Combat Engineer.